Porter held out because team feared seizure symptoms


The “sickness” the Broncos held Tracy Porter out of last week’s trip to San Diego for was actually a precaution based on a seizure he had in August.

According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the light-headedness and racing heartbeat Porter was experiencing last weekend were similar to symptoms before he suffered a seizure in August.

I had never had one before, 26 years I’ve been living,” Porter said. “Before the San Diego game, I don’t know if it was the medication I was taking or it was a setback, but they decided to hold me back.”

Porter returned to practice, but missed Thursday because of a follow-up appointment with a doctor. He’s hoping to play Sunday night against the Saints.

“I want to play,” Porter said. “Who wouldn’t want to play against their old team? All I can do is cross my fingers and toes that everything clears out, everything checks out and I’ll be able to play Sunday night.”

Porter said he was in the weight room in New Orleans when then-teammate Jeremy Shockey fainted after seizure-like symptoms, which were later described by coach Sean Payton as being because of low blood sugar and dehydration.

“I was lifting weights with Shockey when he had his,” Porter said. “That scared the heck out of me.”

Porter missed a preseason game after his seizure, but has returned and played well for the Broncos.